Code Switching

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  • When people with multiple-language proficiencies mix their languages during conversation, they are code switching. For example, if a person is bilingual, he or she tends to use parts of both languages to converse with another person. For example, a Spanish native speaker may say, “I bought a car negre,” using the grammatical rules of Spanish, which place the adjective after the noun, rather than saying, according to English rules, “I bought a negre car.” Code switching is frequently used in the United States, especially among some Spanish-speaking Americans who communicate using “Splanglish,” a mixture of English and Spanish.


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